The Hainanese curry rice is an amalgamation of different cultures. It is essentially a fusion dish combining Hainanese Chinese, British and Indian – some, like food authority KF Seetoh, say Japanese – influences and cooking styles, and the result is a piquant and flavorful meal that warms the heart and tantalizes taste buds.
Not only are the Hainanese famous for their kaya toast bread with kopi and soft boiled eggs, but also their Hainanese chicken rice.
A simple yet flavorful dish, the Hainanese chicken rice has been Singapore’s unofficial national dish since the mid-1900s (perhaps even earlier!). And it can be found almost everywhere. Hotels. Restaurants. Cafés. Coffee shops. Roadside stalls.
It is also served on board Singapore Airlines.
But where do you go for a great plate of Hainanese chicken rice?